It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

I recently read about a band of Somali pirates who attacked a U.S. naval warship after mistaking it for a merchant vessel. Talk about wishing you could take that one back. I wonder what the American captain thought when the pirates gave the “Prepare to be boarded!” command. It made me also wonder what flawed line of reasoning the pirate leader used to convince himself and his crew that this was a good idea. As colossal as this mistake was, I can’t be too critical when I think back to some of the reasoning that led to a few of my own bad decisions. Here are a few examples of some flawed logic that I either listened to or dished out:

“I bet I can drive the rest of the way home with the lights turned off.”

“Trouble? It’s just a card game in Tijuana. How can that lead to trouble?”

“She won’t be mad. Just buy the boat.”

“Yes, that chandelier can totally hold your weight.”

“Yeah, seriously. Everyone there will be naked.”

The outcome of this bad logic always resulted in a poor decision. But as the saying goes, “Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from bad decisions.” In each case, I walked away carrying a little more knowledge whether it was about Latino poker customs, personal relationships, light fixture wiring, or public decency laws.

There have also been times when I’ve heard some bad advice about wine. Some examples:

“Red wine will get stains out of carpet.”

“You can’t go wrong with the restaurant’s Ninja Burger or their wine list.”

“One more glass of wine tonight and you’ll totally ace that interview tomorrow.”

Again, each time I listened to the bad advice, it led to a bad decision. The difference here, however, was with bad wine advice, the outcome tends to be much less serious. Therefore, my advice with wine is to try everything. Step outside your comfort zone. Look for new varietals and new regions. Try a different wine with your favorite meal. Get burned, even. It’s the best way to expand your wine knowledge. You’ll learn something new every time.

My wine advice for this week:

Trinitas 2004, Petite Sirah ($18.00): A very well-made wine that tastes good, smells good, and even looks good in the glass. Try it with a big steak…..what could possibly go wrong?

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